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  1. Ludono
    Samsung Galaxy S6
     
    I recently picked up the new Galaxy S6, opting for the standard model over the more hyped (and more pricy) S6 Edge.
     
    Thing's I like so far
    Gorgeous AMOLED High Resolution Screen
    Fast and Snappy
    Nice "Premium" Feel
    Super Customizable
    Dual SIM
    Fingerprint Unlock
    Wireless Charging
    Great Camera

     
    Thing's I don't like
    No Removable Battery
    No SD Card

     
    Basically to expand a bit on the above points. The phone packs a lot of punch and feels super high end, an absolutely fantastic device. Of course it does have some negatives but the positives far outweigh them.
     
    The screen is a 1440p resolution screen, which seems like overkill on a phone but looks absolutely fantastic with super rich colours and gorgeous deep blacks. The phone is blazing fast and responsive and can multi task like a BEAST. You can even have two apps open at the same time thanks to it's new split screen feature which opens both apps on the same screen. I've always loved the HTC flagships for their sexy aluminium bodies but the S6 is definitely on the same level with it's brushed gorilla glass faces and aluminium frame, it's truly FEELS premium rather than cheap and plasticy.
     

    My Homescreen! (Full Res Here)
     
    Thanks to the new iteration of Android Lollipop you can customize the phone into oblivion and it's fantastic. It also supports dual SIM so you don't have to swap out your cards when traveling (useful for me so I can put my US and HK phone chips in it.).
     
    The fingerprint unlock SEEMED stupid to me... until I tried it and now I'm a believer. All it takes is a brief touch of the home key and the phone is instantly unlocked, it works flawlessly even if my fingers are sweaty or whatnot.
     
    The wireless charging is also another "gimmick" I didn't really believe in until I tried it.... it's super easy, just plop the phone on the pad and it charges just as fast as if it were plugged in the normal way. Speaking of which this phone charges FAST, I went from 50% to 100% in about 25 minutes.
     
    Would I recommend this phone? Absolutely!
     
    Below are a few screenshots I took with it as well as a video (Though I forgot to set up the video settings to showcase the higher quality settings whoops!).... the camera truly is fantastic. I didn't do any editing to these pictures, these are exactly as they were taken.
     




     

  2. Ludono
    So I went to my first ever Rugby event this past weekend, and it was a blast! Here are some pictures and videos of what went down.
     


    (NIPPON JAJAJA NIPPON JAJAJA)
     
    Honestly I don't get Rugby much but like any other sport it was fun rooting for your favourite countries, in this case Hong Kong, USA and New Zealand for me
     
    Hong Kong and the USA got knocked out pretty early on
     
    There was also some special show stuff that went on between matches....
     
    A traditional Chinese festival type thing with dragons
     

     
    Then there was KUNG FU RUGBY.
     


     
    and of course plenty of drunken singing!
     


     
    And here are a smattering of pictures of the event! (My long range lens really came in handy )
     


    New Zealand versus Argentina

    Russia versus Tonga I think
    The HK Carlsberg Dragons versus the World Champions

    That kick!
    Japan versus Belgium

    Possibly a Japan fan?

    I found the Pope!

    Batman and Robin?

    Who let the dogs out?

    Oh god

    ZZ Top!

    The dragon Festival

    Countries Represent!

    This is cool

    Really well done actually

    The Stadium at night

    People I went with

    I have no idea what this is

    Players up close and personal

    The final ceremony

    The 2015 Winners - FIJI!
     

     
    So I hope you enjoyed this little slice of life from the other side of the world (for most of you that is
    )
     
    What did you think? Have you ever been to a rugby game? Do you have any interest in the sport?
  3. Ludono
    So Kickstarter has been around for a few years now with many success stories coming out of it. Remember the Ouya? Well you can thank Kickstarter for its existence.
     
    I recently took a gander at my Kickstarter account to see how the last two years have turned out in terms of projects I've personally backed and the results were probably as you'd expect.
     
    STATS!
     
    I joined Kickstarter in January of 2013, making it just over 2 years of being on the site.
     
    My first pledge went to Akaneiro Demon Hunters in January of 2013.
     
    My latest pledge went to Project Scissors: NightCry in February of 2015.
     
    Total Projects Backed: 21
    Total Projects Successfully Funded: 13
    Total Projects Canceled / Unsuccessful: 7
    Active Projects: 1
     
    Category Breakdown
    Games: 15
    Film/Video: 4
    Technology: 1
    Publishing: 1
     
    11 of the projects have pledge rewards, however of these I've actually only received TWO (well, 2.5 kinda). I received the digital rewards for Akaneiro and I received my Bubblegum Crisis Bluray set.
     
    Twisted Fusion offered a code for Blok Drop U along with a copy of the game once released. I have already received the code so that pledge reward is half fulfilled I guess?
     
     
    I'm going to focus on some of the gaming projects since that's probably the most interesting to you guys! I'm going to give each project a "Kickstarter Score" which rates the kickstarter based on how well they ran it, updates, and sticking to schedule.
     
    Akaneiro: Demon Hunters
    A unique ARPG with classic design sense meets fast-paced action, inspired by Japanese themes and the Red Riding Hood tale.
     
    January 2013
    I backed this one mainly due to it being the next release from the much acclaimed American McGee. The game itself turned out to be not as good as I had hoped but they were really great about providing constant updates and sticking to schedule. They had a total of 72 Updates from Feb 2013 to April 2014 which was post-release.
     
    Score: 10/10
     
    Soul Saga
    A love letter to J-RPG classics from the Playstation era like Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, Suikoden, and Persona.
     
    July 2013
    Backed this due to people hyping it up on here and some podcasts I listen to. Was supposed to be out last summer but ran past the deadline. It's had several betas since then but full release is not yet dated... they have however kept the backers up to date and are releasing new beta builds every few weeks.
     
    Score: 8/10
     
    Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
    A Belly Dancing Hair-Whipping HD adventure from WayForward: makers of Ducktales Remastered, Adventure Time, & Contra 4!
     
    October 2013
    It's Shantae! Of course I had to back it! Supposed to have been released October 2014 but has also been delayed....
     
    Score: 8/10
     
    Mighty No. 9
    Classic Japanese side-scrolling action, evolved and transformed by Keiji Inafune, an all-star team of veteran Mega Man devs...and YOU!
     
    October 2013
    This was one of the biggest hyped Kickstarters I participated in. The ETA on this was April 2015.....
     
    Score: 9/10
     
    Bear Simulator
    Explore, eat stuff, be a Bear!
     
    April 2014
    I'm not sure why I backed this... but it was supposed to be finished last October... but the creator appears to have run off and people pissed. Pretty shady.
     
    Score: 1/10
     
    Twisted Fusion
    Join Cora, our dual water-gun wielding heroine on a epic adventure in this unique open world platformer exclusive to Nintendo Wii U.
     
    April 2014
    Seemed like a very humble project with a modest goal and it's Wii U exclusive? Figured I'd toss some sheckles his way. Supposed to have been finished December 2014 but he's run into snags, but is keeping his backers up to date with info and a playable beta.
     
    Score: 8/10
     
    Exogenesis ~Perils of Rebirth~
    A post-apocalyptic adventure/visual novel hybrid inspired by Ace Attorney and Zero Escape games set in Japan.
     
    May 2014
    Someone pressured me into backing this ahahahaa. Supposed to have come out last December but also ran into issues. Plenty of updates however.
     
    Score: 8/10
     
    Project Scissors: NightCry

    A brand new horror game from Hifumi Kono, the creator of the Clock Tower game series, and Takashi Shimizu, the director of The Grudge.
     
    February 2015
    I LOVE the Clock Tower series and it's been far too long since we've had one. I'm a huge J-horror buff so I went big with my pledge for this one
     
    No score since it's still funding.
     
     

     
    So what are your thoughts on Kickstarter? How much have YOU backed? How much have you actually received?
  4. Ludono
    So I went on what might have been the shortest trip I've ever been on, a full 28 hours in Singapore~
     
    Below are some highlights of my brief time there.
     
    To see the full album click here.
     
    For some reason I put the images in reverse chronological order... ah well.
     

    Singapore Black Pepper Crab.... a dish you MUST try. So good.

    One of the most famous seafood restaurants in Singapore

    The beachfront near the restaurant, you can see the mass amount of ships anchored off the coast~

    Chinese New Year is just on the horizon, gotta be prepared.

    I love these temple decorations.


    Really cool building with the greenery all over it.

    Hehe....





    I've been thinking about SMU a lot lately....





    Did NOT expect to see a Wendys here....and its so tiny :3




    *Mouth waters*



    Such a small McDonalds

    Hehe....

     
    Finally here are some pictures off my phone of a HUGE comic book store I found, they didn't want me taking pictures so I put away my camera and snuck a few with my phone ...
     
     
     
     

     
    I definitely plan on visiting for a bit more time sometime soon, It's such a wonderful place with great weather (although it was HOT). There are many sight seeing things I didn't have time to see so...next time
  5. Ludono
    So it's been six whole months since I made the jump from the US to live in Hong Kong whilst I work on going back to school. Living somewhere new is also an interesting experience, more-so when aforementioned "somewhere" is on the other side of the planet. Despite being very westernized (It's a global city after all!) it has it's own unique quirks and culture. What have I taken away from it? What have I gained? I appreciate all questions and comments but please refrain from digging too deep into personal matters, I still value a bit of privacy
     
    Also note, I am focusing solely on Hong Kong. I did go to Japan and the US in the past 6 months but for purposes of this post I will skip those.
     

     
    Let's start with the elephant in the room, the Umbrella Revolution. No, this has nothing to do with Resident Evil but rather the deep-seated discontent Hong Kong Chinese have with Mainland China. As you may or may not know, Hong Kong was a colony of the British Empire up until 1997, when it was given back over to China.
     
    The hand over was not, however, immediate as stipulations were put in place to gradually return Hong Kong to China using the "one country two systems" principal which allows Hong Kong to enjoyed democratic freedom and abide under a different governing system than the rest of mainland China whilst still being part of China, a fact that has grown ever more apparent in the recent months as changes have been put into motion for the next election cycle. Being democratic, Hong Kongers have the right to vote for their leaders, however with the next election China has mandated that only "pre-approved" candidates would be allowed to run, something that quite simply did not go over very well with Hong Kong.

    This one of the main roads through central Hong Kong.... FILLED with people
     
    Thus the Umbrella Revolution became a thing. Thousands thronged the streets, marching and protesting daily. Entire sections of the city went under siege as huge crowds blockaded streets and set up barriers. The most affected areas were Admiralty, heart of Hong Kong's business district and home to Government offices as well as some of the largest companies in the world, Causeway Bay, one of the biggest shopping districts on the planet that currently commandeers the highest rent prices in the world at $2,600 USD per square foot of retail space compared to that of New York's Times Square at $2,500 USD per sq foot. Finally, Mong Kok, located on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong (for those unfamiliar, the heart of Hong Kong is located on an island whilst the rest of it is located on the mainland which includes Kowloon and New Territories) which was the most violent protest site for various reasons. Tsim Sha Tsui or TST for short was also briefly affected, but not really worth noting.
     

     
    While there were frequent clashes between protesters and police, the level of violence NEVER escalated to the point of people being critically injured or killed. No shops or property were damaged, and the protesters even cleaned up after themselves more often than not. This is in stark contrast to the Ferguson protests we saw in the US this year, in which many people were injured, shops were looted and people were scared for their lives. Not ONCE have I felt any fear of harm, despite being at two of the main sites during the protests.
     

    This is the highest level of violence that was seem during the protests, which happened only one day despite the protests lasting MONTHS.
    The most surprising thing about all this to me was however, how divided the citizens of Hong Kong were about the whole matter. Generally the protesters and it's supporters were made up of the poor and the younger generation whilst the wealthy and those in the transportation industry (ie. Taxi drivers) were part of the "anti-occupy" movement mainly due to them losing money and business because of the blockades.
     

     
    However, enough was enough and the Hong Kong government finally put it's foot down mobilizing a force of 5,000 police officers to forcefully clear all the sites. The leaders of the movement turned themselves in and the Umbrella's seem to be in dire straits as people desperately try to continue protesting but simply can't gather enough force to do so leading to almost 50 arrests on Christmas Eve alone.
     
    Whatever the outcome, though I suspect China won't tolerate this kind of "rebellion" much longer, I am glad to have lived through an event like this.
     

     
    Crazy political social movements aside, I've also had blast adapting to a new lifestyle. I've lived on the West Coast, I've lived on the East Coast and until recently I was living in the Mid-west but I've never really lived in a city, certainly not one of this caliber. I'm also just around the PERFECT age for living life in Hong Kong to it's fullest in my opinion as the drinking/smoking/etc age here is paltry 18 (though I've never seen anyone EVER get carded), night life is fantastic and you get a chance to meet all sorts of people! Remember my Hong Kong Halloween?
     

     
    I've had a lot of "firsts" here in Hong Kong, such as clubbing, which I'm not that into but with the right people can be extremely fun! There are plenty of western people around, and I have a few western friends (England, Brazil, German etc) but the majority of my social circle currently are locals which is definitely pretty neat. It can be a bit troublesome on occasion since I can't speak Cantonese but I've been picking up words and phrases here and there and am starting to be able to pick up the gist of what people say, though ultimately it doesn't matter too much since so many people here speak English anyway (Usually with British accents since they go to International schools or study in England).
     

     
    Food has been great as well! There are plenty of delicious Chinese dishes as well as hundreds upon hundreds of other cuisines available here in Hong Kong. One of my favourites is definitely Hot Pot, which I've had in the States but is even better here. For those who don't know, essentially you have a big pot of boiling water in the middle of the table and several dishes of things to cook in it or season it, a fun DIY kind of meal that's meant to be enjoyed over several hours while having a good time with company!
     

    Recent Hot Pot party
     
    Of course Hong Kong isn't all just city! There is plenty of stuff to do outdoors as well, as I participated in the infamous OXFAM trailwalker, a 100KM hike that takes an average of 24 straight hours to complete. I wasn't able to complete it sadly, only managed just under 40KM in about 9 hours before nearly collapsing but it was nevertheless a great experience!
     
    Health wise I've improved greatly as well, dropping from 180 pounds to 160, though I plan on bulking up regiment so I can't actually build muscle instead of just losing weight. GYM HERE I COME!
     

    The first 3 km was a paved path.... the rest.... WAS HELL (100 degree inclines up mountains with no path!

    Out on a boat, quite relaxing!
     
    Videogames have sadly taken a bit of a backseat of late, but I've not completely forgotten them! Game shops are plentiful and have quite a selection of games (SUCK IT GAMESTOP) at prices that can usually be negotiated.
     

     
    Then of course there was Christmas! (And soon New years ;D)
     

     

     
    Christmas time was nice, though it's not reaaaaallly celebrated like we do in the States. I had a small get together on the 25th, below is our glorious Christmas dinner
     

     
    And if you wanna see my ugly face, here's a selfie collage
     
     
     

     
    this city
    I may have missed some stuff, and I might add more later or do another blog post or something I'm not sure. Depends on the reaction to this one. Any questions, comments...concerns? Should I do more or what would you like to see? Anything specific or...
     
    Also, Happy Holidays
  6. Ludono
    Meet the Podunkers 2 is the return of the much beloved blog series I started many moons ago with the intention to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. Hopefully we can make these a regular feature again!


     

    Today“s interviewee is the long lost blogaholic,
    Dan "FrostedSloth" Curtis!

     




     
    What's the first game you've ever played?
     
    My first ever game - that I can actually remember that is - was Mickey Mouse's Castle of Illusion on the Sega Megadrive. That's the Genesis, for all you American types.
     
    What a game that was; it still holds a special place in my heart to this day. I can remember distinctly playing it on a Christmas morning when I was but a wee munchkin, and never, ever being able to actually finish it.
     
    As an adult one of my produest accomplisments was finally mastering it.
     
    Describe your current gaming setup.
     
    I have my own designated games room in my house. Technically it's the spare guest room, but I've basically taken over it with my gaming stuff.
     
    Inside I have all of my gaming collection - a huge box filled with games stemming back from the PS1 onwards - several cool geek posters and an excellent Sonic made out of felt that my friend made me, a chest of drawers covered in arty ripped comic books, and all of my consoles.
     
    Currently I own a PS3, PS4, 3DS, Wii U, Xbox 360 and still have an old original Xbox, PS2 and Wii kicking about somewhere. I've also got loads of Guitar Hero controllers (I know, retro, right?), headsets and various other stuff that I forget.
     
    I'd say I've got several hundred games in my collection ranging from stuff like the original Crash Bandicoot to the things that released this year.
     
    Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today?
     
    Got to be Final Fantasy 7. This was one of the first gaming experiences that truly blew my mind from the very start.
     
    To this day I can still play through FF7 and love every second of it. Great soundtrack, amazing villain, brilliant characters and everything else all combine together to make one of the best experiences available on any platform.
     
    Funnily enough, this wasn't even my game. My dad, who used to game, bought it for himself to play through. That lasted all of two days and I quickly stole the game for my own purposes *insert best evil laugh here*
     
    This game is also responsible for my love of the JRPG and I'm really hoping FFXV makes amends for XIII.
     
    What is your all-time favourite game EVER?
     
    Again, probably FF7. If it had a direct competitor from the modern era, it would have to be Batman: Arkham City.
     
    I've always loved Batman, so when Rocksteady made one of the best Batman games ever, I was always going to love that too.
     
    I think I've played through it about six times now, and it only came out a couple of years ago.
     
    What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk? What brought about the return?
     
    Our story begins on a snowy Christmas eve. The snow, beautiful and white, whirled outside the windows as a young Dan Curtis stumbled across an advertisement for bloggers on VideogameJournalismJobs.com, followed through the link and began his blogging career.
     
    In all seriousness, that's what happened. Minus the snow and Christmas. I was at university at the time studying for my degree in magazine journalism, and as a side project I wanted to get involved in game writing before I went out into the big bad world of work. At the time GP was one of the only sites out there offering actual money for quality content, so - not quite knowing if I was good enough to fit the bill - I started blogging.
     
    What happened next was pretty unsuspected. My work was promoted to featured status extremely quickly, and I also established a rapore with the current overlord of GP, NashKirb. This then lead eventually to me becoming a GP Editor, taking control over site development, articles and working closely with everyone's favourite lovable GP rogue, Jason Clement.
     
    Unfortunately as my university career was wrapping up at this point I had to consider my next move in life, so - with an extremely heavy heart I might add - I had to leave GP for another site which was promising regular steady payments. That turned out to be a load of rubbish, and after discovering this, I moved on to my own project, ManaTank.com.
     
    When I was looking for a job and had time to work on it everyday, MT went from strength to strength. Then I got one of those job things, the people I worked with made the site into something I didn't like, and I cut ties.
     
    Since then I've been working as a content editor during the day where I write words for a network of websites. I also write on the side for WhatCulture.com, but part of me always wondered what was happening over at GP.
     
    I'd been investigating every so often for a while what was going on at GP, but - on a whim - I decided to just bite the bullet, make a return and see what was going down with everyone here.
     
    I'm happy to see so many familiar faces still kicking around on GP, and have been welcomed back with open arms. In the future I hope to help out around here when I can (and I'm much more experienced now than that fresh-faced idiot who was still at university!).
     
    Be honest, how much did you miss us?
     
    I honestly did miss everyone. When I worked for GP it was one of the most tight-knit working communities I'd been in, where everyone worked extremely hard to make GP the best it can be.
     
    Like I said before, it's great to catch up with some old friends and to see what's happened over my abscence.
     
    Anything else you'd like to add?
     
    Dan Curtis is back! Watch this space to see what happens.
     
    ...If Jason will let me help, that is
     

     
    What did you think of the return of MTP? Who remembers Frosted?
  7. Ludono
    As you might know I have a wedding coming up with fellow Podunker Ciel, however I had the opportunity to attend my buddy Cal's wedding which I happily accepted just so I could get a look at how the whole process went down.
     
    Arriving five minutes early I was ushered into the waiting room in which the other invitees were already waiting.
     

     
    Soon though, we took our seats in the main hall and waited for the Bride and Groom to arrive.... but we did not have to wait long... as they arrived in splendid fashion!
     







     
    After which we had a brief stint of socializing and congratulating the lucky couple until they jumped on their Chocobo and ran off into the sunset.
     


     
     
    This makes me REALLY look forward to my own wedding coming up! Who's pumped
     
    and more importantly, whos coming???
  8. Ludono
    It's always interesting to see how different places celebreate holidays and I didn't think that Halloween was much of a thing outside the USA....
     
    LITTLE DID I KNOW.
     
    Halloween is a big deal here in Hong Kong, but there is no trick or treating, but rather....
     
    PARTY CENTRAL.
     
    There are several hotspots in Hong Kong for this. Disney Land and Ocean Park host massive Halloween events for the younger generation and families to partake in while areas such as Lan Kwai Fong, SoHo and Central boast massive crowds and parties that last through the night. As such the police were out in in greater force than even during the Hong Kong protests in order to institute crowd control... and trust me, it was needed!
    Via SCMP
     
    Below are some pictures I took, as well as some taken by others that highlight the madness that ensued. (Excuse my ugly face D:)
     
    But first... A VIDEO
     

     

     
     
     
     
    Sorry for the bad quality but when it's dark and crazy it's kind of hard to take good pictures
     
    So to sum it up, one of the craziest Halloween's I've ever had! How about you guys, what did ya'll get up to this Halloween?
  9. Ludono
    So I saw some people mention this elsewhere but thought it was something to bring up here as well. It feels like only yesterday that I was picking up my launch day copy of Uncharted 2 and playing through the whole in days.
     

     
    While there were plenty of games before it that had gotten us excited for the new generation, Uncharted 2 is one of the few that DEFINED it. It's easily one of, if not the best game of the past generation and a timeless classic. It's snappy action gameplay, lovable cast of characters and PLAYABLE set piece levels were ahead of its time and even now many games fail to come close.
     

     
    The train level is the perfect example for this. The entire level consists of you fighting your way up a moving train hopping from car to car. Fail to clear a jump and off the train you go making this more than just a "moving level". The same holds true for the truck chase level.
     

     
    And of course this was the first game in the series that added multiplayer. It never truly took off in the scale of games like Killzone or Resistance but it was extremely enjoyable, and in my opinion more fun that either of those other games.
     

     
    Thinking back to this game has left me nostalgic and I REALLY want to replay it, perhaps we'll be lucky enough to get a remastered edition one day?
     
    How about you guys? What are your experiences with this fantastic game?
  10. Ludono
    Quite recently I was convinced into trying my hand at a new MMO called Archeage which you may or may not have heard. Seeing as it was free, I decided to give it a try and joined up with Khorne on the continent of Nuia. The game has four races split amongst two continents, Khorne plays as a Nuian / Human and I chose to play as an Elf since they occupy the same continent and are on the same faction in the games universe. The other two races the Firrans / Cat People and the Hirani / Asians. I experimented with the various races in the character creator (pictures below) but ultimately decided it was better to start on the same side as Khorne so as to be power-leveled through the early stages of the game. Take a gander at the pictures below, and consider joining us sometime!
     

     
    Here's the first character I created, a Hanari I named Kurokame.
     

     
    Here's the Firran I made, but wasn't too big a fan of.
     

     
    Here's my Elf who I am currently playing as (Archer / Ranger) named Narriko.
     

     
    Here are Khorne and I on my mount (a purple Elk) you actually get your mount extremely early on in the game unlike most other MMOs!
     

     
    You also get a Glider early on that allows you to travel by air, quite a fun gameplay element!
     

     
    Here is Khorne posing for the camera.
     

     
    You can also drive cars in the game, here are Khorne and I racing each other on the test drive track...
     
    This ended quite badly....
     

     
    Khorne got his car flipped and lit on fire

     
    You can also sail ships which require a crew as you get larger ships.
     
    You can also build houses and castles, the latter which can be used to launch attacks onto other guilds and players castles and need to be defended. You can also be a simple farmer and grow crops, or a tradesmen and run trade routes supplying your faction and earning gold. Or just go crazy and be a pirate and raid everyone.
     
    Archeage is available to play for FREE at the following website
    http://www.archeagegame.com/en/play-for-free/
     
    Khorne and myself are playing on the server EZI
     
    Remember that you'll have start as an Elf or a Human to be in the same faction as us. Starting as a Firran or Hanari makes you our enemy unless you become pirate in which you're still our enemy but of a different sort.
     
    So what are you waiting for?
  11. Ludono
    Check out the Golden Joysticks HERE
     
    *Voting in this enters you to win an iPad*
     
    I just wanted to go through my picks for this years Golden Joystick because it's fun! I've been pretty bad about playing games this year so my picks are far from definitive.
     
    Best Original Game
     
    My Pick: Child of Light
    Runners Up: Broken Age, Shovel Knight
     
    So many great games in this category, but sadly I've only played a few. However I went with Child of Light mainly because I'm playing it now and absolutely loving it. I considered Broken Age and Shovel Knight but having played neither I couldn't put my pick on them.
     
    Most Wanted
     
    My Pick: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
    Runners Up: Rise of the Tomb Raider, Uncharted 4, Bloodborne
     
    SUCH A HARD CATEGORY. Ultimately I picked Metal Gear V because it's probably my favourite franchise of all time, preceded only by Resident Evil. Rise of the Tomb Raider and Uncharted fall in the same boat of being action adventure games that I love, it'll be interesting to see which one comes out on top since Tomb Raider 2012 was better than Uncharted 3. Bloodborne is something I've been following with increased interest... but really, most of the games on here I'm looking forward to anyway.
     
    Best Indie
     
    My Pick: Broken Age
    Runners Up: Republique
     
    I was able to give Broken Age some love here, because I really think it deserves a win. Had Republique not gone the iOS route I'd have likely played and picked that.
     
    Best Visual Design
     
    My Pick: Transistor
    Runners Up: Child of Light, Valiant Hearts
     
    Child of Light is love to my eyes but despite not having played it I really dig Transistors style, and the art I've seen for it is just beautiful... I had to pick it. Valiant Hearts has a great art direction as well but sadly not enough to put it over the top for me.
     
    Best Multiplayer
     
    My Pick: Mario Kart 8
    Runners Up: None...
     
    Since CSGO wasn't on the list I had to pick the game that I had the second best multiplayer experience this year, Mario Kart!
     
    Best Audio
     
    My Pick: Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
    Runners Up: Legend of Zelda ALBW, Transistor
     
    I feel like this is a bit of a surprise for me but in terms of sheer audio quality it has to be Black Flag, not only because of the soundtrack which is full of shanties and upbeat pirate tunes but the environmental sounds as well, the crashing of waves, the creaking of your ship.... fantastic! My runners up were briefly considered because they both have wonderful soundtracks.
     
    Best Gaming Moment
     
    My Pick: The Last of Us Left Behind - The Kiss
    Runners Up: Titanfall - Calling in a Titan, Ground Zeroes - Rescuing Kojima
     
    Bit of a spoiler filled category eh? But mine has to easily be the Last of Us Left Behind, that DLC was amazing and that single moment just convey more emotion than most games do in their entirety. Titanfall was neat in the beta because the Mechs were pretty cool and rescuing Kojima was just plain awesome.
     
    Best Story Telling
     
    My Pick: The Last of Us Left Behind
    Runners Up: Child of Light, Wolf Among Us
     
    Last of Us again for obvious reasons, I shouldn't have to explain. Child of Light has really drawn me in and Wolf Among Us had a pretty cool story going on (Though admittedly I haven't finished it).
     
    Best Online Game
     
    My Pick: Realm Reborn
     
    Moving on.
     
    Best Handheld Game
     
    My Pick: Link Between Worlds
    Runners Up: Pokemon X & Y, Bravely Default
     
    Zelda is just so pure and fun, and is pretty much perfect in every way. Pokemon is fine, though I grew bored of it and didn't finish it and Bravely well.... I spent more time in the demo than the actual game but it really is quite good!
     
    Best Mobile Game
     
    My Pick: N/A
     
    I skipped because I don't play mobile games. I might've given it to Republique had they included it on this list.
     
    Gaming Platform of the Year
     
    My Pick: PS4
    Runner Up: Vita, 3DS
     
    The PS4 has just had an EXPLOSIVE launch and the months thereafter. It's provided tons and tons of free games via PS Plus and is just about everything you would want from "next gen". the Handhelds have both really shone as well this past year having tons of really good exclusive games.
     
    Studio of the Year
     
    My Pick: Nintendo
    Runners Up: Media Molecule
     
    Nintendo has been KILLING it this year with first party games, no other studio can top them! Media Molecule gets an honourable mention though for having the highest average metacritic score for any studio.
     
    Innovation of the Year
     
    My Pick: Dualshock 4
     
    Not really an innovation (all the choices suck) but I really do like the DS4, probably one of the best controllers ever (right up there with the 360 controller).
     
    Personality of the Year
     
    Let's see.... #girlwood, #gamergate, Some British guy, Dude that abandoned Day Z, Occulus Guy, Luftrausers Guy, YOSHIDA SAN, No, and....some other British guy?
     
    Yeah, YOSHIDA SAN wins this for me.
     
    My Pick: Shuhei Yoshida
     
    Game of the Year
     
    While MGSV Proper will probably get GOTY when it comes out, Ground Zeroes wasn't enough to warrant it being GOTY. So this title goes to Zelda for me!
     
    My Pick: Legend of Zelda Link Between Worlds
     

     
    So now it's your turn! Go out and put in your votes (and enter to win an iPad Air!) and then report back here. Post away!
  12. Ludono
    Came across a thread that I thought was quite interesting. It was a line up of game releases in the US for the Fall of 2001. That also happened to be the year the Gamecube and Xbox launch, with PS2 having launched the year before. The Dreamcast had been discontinued that year but still had a few releases. The Gameboy Advance had been released that year and had a steady stream of games as well. Below are the most noteworthy titles from that short period, and what may easily have been the best Fall release schedule EVER.
     
    While this list is not my own, I've added a few notes here and there summarizing my own thoughts on each game. Feel free to add your own thoughts and memories in the comments!
     
     
     
    September 24

    Ah Silent Hill 2, forever ingrained in our hearts as one of the best in the series. There are some pretty diehard fans out there, including our very own Marcus
    September 30

    Another modern classic, Ico was very much a cult hit for a while, receiving great reviews, but not a lot of sales. However, it eventually became a game any gamer worth their salt has played and even garnered an HD version on PS3 many years later.
    October 17

    This marked the start of one of Capcom's most popular franchises, although the series has gone through quite a few chances since it's inception.
    October 22

    The one that started it all. Sure, the previous GTA games were good, but no game had set the bar quite like GTA3 did. It was lauded and criticized by millions and while later games may have been better (looking at you San Andreas) this one got the ball rolling on the popularity of open world games.
    October 28

    Personally I've never been hugely into the Tony Hawk series, but back in it's hey day most everyone was. Series has gone quite downhill since then though.
    October 31

    It's been a while since the last Legacy of Kain game but the series is not forgotten. Soul Reaver 2 was a great entry into a great series.
    November 1
     

     
    Never much been an Ace Combat fan unfortunately. Still a notable release however.
    November 5

    SSX was always a fun game to play even if you yourself never had much interest in the actual sport.
    November 11

    A classic, never played it personally but I know many of you have.
    November 14

    One the biggest releases of that year (and that generation), at least for me. Having been a big fan of the original Metal Gear Solid I was insanely hyped for this game. Having bought Z.O.E previously just for a chance to play the demo I was a bit surprised at Raiden but unlike many other's not upset.
    November 15

    The Xbox launch had a pretty rad line up as far as launch games go. Halo needs no explanation, though I was never a fan I can appreciate it's importance for sure. PGR and DOA were the token fighting and racing games for the launch, but weren't terrible as many launch games are usually fated to be.
    November 18

    The Gamecube launch followed the fantastic Xbox launch with several titles of its own. Luigi's Mansion obviously being the cream of the crop and leaving a rabbit fanbase hanging for many years (until the 3DS sequel). Rogue Squadron and Monkey Ball were both solid titles on their own accord, and left launch owners with plenty to play.
    November 20

    The beginning of Harmonix, this cult hit would spawn the more popular "Amplitude" a year later. Harmonix as you may know singlehandedly created the music genre fad with Guitar Hero and Rock Band later down the road.
    November 23

    Although the Dreamcast was officially dead in the water, Shenmue II was that diamond in the rough, an instant classic that many still adore to this day.
    December 3

    Launch gamers, finished with their launch line ups for the Gamecube did not have long to wait with a STELLAR set of games just in time for the holidays. Smash and Pikmin were smash hits and are forever loved. The PS2 also received some love with two more classic titles, a Jak and Daxter title from Naughty Dog which has gone on to continue to create hugely popular games for the PlayStation platform and Baldurs Gate another popular title coming over from the PC side of things.
    December 11

    One of the best RPGs on the PS2, though many argue that it's sequel was even better. (Fight amongst yourselves guys )
    December 17

    Oh yeah, and this thing.
     

     
    So how many of you remember that year at all, and what were some of your favorite titles? Has any other season even come close to this swath of incredible games over such a short period or time?
  13. Ludono
    EVERYONE GETS A GAME OF THRONES NAME AND TITLE. DEAL WITH IT.
     
    Ludono - Khaleesi Juliark Lannister "The Last Dragon"
     
    TKtheknight - Red Priestess Tristsei Bolton "The Young Wolf"
     
    Kiwi - Kingsguard Kiwiannis Bolton "Master of Coin"
     
    Marcus - Princess Marcuetyr Bolton "Commander of the City Watch"
     
    Leah - Ser Leahryn Baelish "The Little Lion"
     
    barrel - Princess Barrecel Tyrell "First of His Name"
     
    RavenBlueIndigo - Lady Ravengo Clegane "Warrior of Light"
     
    Kikyou - Khaleesi Kikyoerys Arryn "The Ghost of Harrenhal"
     
    Rex - Wildling Rexandre Stark "The Kingslayer"
     
    Jason - Lord Jasonogon Targaryen "Defender of the Vale"
     
    John Kidman - Queensguard Johndor Tyrell "The Brave Companion"
     
    Venom - Queen Venomcel Martell "Master of Whisperers"
     
    Ciel - Maegi Cieldor Mormont "Littlefinger"
     
    gaiages - Kingsguard Gaiaganda Targaryen "Mother of Dragons"
     
    TylerxDurden - Maegi Tylerysa Bolton "First Sword of Braavos"
  14. Ludono
    You probably don't know, but I'm actually a bit of a Game of Thrones fanboy. As such, I like to do random things involving the series. In this case, I'll be casting everyone on GP as a Game of Thrones character. I don't plan on bring this to Attack on GP levels by subbing videos and such so where this will go remains to be seen....
     

     
    The Cast!
     
     

    THE TARGARYENS


     
     


    Daenerys Stormborn Targaryen - Ludono


     

     
    Jorah Mormont - barrel
     

     
    Barristan Selmy - kezins
     

     

    THE STARKS


     

    Arya Stark - Kikyou1


     

     
    Sansa Stark - Elizabeth
     

     
    Bran Stark - Venom
     

     
    THE LANNISTERS


    Tyrion Lannister - Ciel
     

     
    Cersei Lannister - Leah
     

     
    Jaime Lannister - Marcus
     

     
    Tywin Lannister - Jason Clement
     

     
    THE BARATHEONS
     
    Stannis Baratheon - Jordan Haygood
     

     
    Joffrey Baratheon - DrPixel
     

     
    THE MARTELLS
     
    Oberyn Martell - royzoga
     

     
    THE OTHER RANDOM PEOPLE
     
    Littlefinger - Jared
     
     



     
     

    THE DUDES AT THE WALL


     

    Jon Snow - Rex705


     




     
     
     

    Samwell Tarly - TKtheknight


     
     
     




     

    If the formatting and stuff is weird it's because A)The stupid GP editor deleting my original post so I had to redo this and B)the stupid GP editor not able to format anything without ***ing it all up.


     

    anyway


     

    Did I miss anyone? What do you think of your roles?


     

    and most importantly...


     

    WHOS PUMPED FOR APRIL!!!!!!!??


  15. Ludono
    Meet the Podunkers is a new blog series I“ve started intended to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. I will try and have a new interview posted weekly, until I run out of willing members to feature!


     

    Today“s interviewee is a posting MACHINE,
    DarkCobra86!

     




     

    What's the first game you've ever played?


     
    The first game that I played was Super Mario Brothers 3. I remember just spending countless of hours on my NES playing that game, either by myself or with a friend. Heck, even my sister played the game with me. It was amazing at the time to play and find all these little secrets in the game. I still remember how on one level my dad came in and saw my sister and I playing the game. Of course he tried it a little bit and he accidentally hit one of the obstacle which yield us the leaf. Boy, that was awesome. I remember having Duck Hunt too and a bunch of other NES games such as Ninja Gaiden. Duck Hunt was amazing and I think we had the gun too. I can't remember how I got the NES but it was for my birthday and it was when we first got to America. Maybe a couple of years after we got to America, my parents went and got me the NES which came with SMB3. That was how it all started.
     
    Describe your current gaming setup.
     
    Throughout my house I have my various consoles. In my room I have my PS3 hooked up to my 51inch TV. Also, this is where I got my gaming computer too. I also have various handhelds like my psp and gameboy in a drawer. Outside of my room is the loft and I got the ps2 set up there. In the living room is the 360. Down in the basement I have the Wii setup. I even recently put the n64 in my sister room. Just so I have another place where I can game if I really want to. Yea, so many consoles throughout the house. I think one day though I might end up try to consolidate them all into my room and have one of those room where all the consoles are there. But it might be a bit of work and you have to work around all the wires and make sure you got enough spacing too.
     
    Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today?
     
    Well this one is a no brainer for me and that game is FFVII. This was the game that got me into RPG. This was the game that made me realized I should actually like gaming characters. I wanted to be like Cloud. This was the game that I think I was finally old enough to realize what great/rare games are. I no longer just play games for the fact that I have them. I am more aware of what games to get and what are the good ones people talk about that I should play. FFVII itself was amazing at the time. A great storyline that got me into it. Not to mention the big early surprise in the game really touched my heart. The music was awesome, I mean who doesn't love Cosmo Canyon? I still have that on my phone to use as a ringtone. The graphics were great at the time, especially those cutscenes like when you saw Diamond weapon come out off the water. I remember even playing AAA online and wanting to use the name Cloud. But of course everyone took it. But yes, I would attribute FFVII as the game that really made me a fan of RPG, turning me into a grinding/leveling/must get every item in the game gamer I am today. Plus, I even had the walkthrough from PS magazine to play the game. That made me learned what a walkthrough was. Before I had no idea those existed and that it mattered.
     
    What is your all-time favourite game EVER?
     
    I think by default I would still go with FFVII. Just for the reasons mentioned above. Now if I put all the great games I have played and put a pro and cons list to it, FFVII may not be the best game of all time or maybe I will find it not my favorite anymore. But I think just by what it did for me at the time and basically turning me into the gamer I am today, it will probably forever be my favorite game.
     
    How about your favourite character?
     
    Shall we stick with the FFVII theme? Yes, we shall. I would say Cloud. Although to be fair, after playing FFVII Crisis Core and watching Last Order: FFVII, you realized that Cloud isn't as great as he is. Zack is the true champ. Granted you find that out in the game, but I think at the time it didn't really registered to me that Zack >>>> Cloud. But oh well. Cloud will probably go down as my favorite character. But this is also kind of hard now that I think more and more about it. There are truly many other great candidates but I leave it with Cloud for now.
     
    What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk?
     
    Well, my story is pretty simple and sweet. I wanted to win free games, and I was on GDD at the time and saw Shin Gen X (I think that is his name, or some form of it?) posted that at GP there is a christmas wishlist contest. I saw a couple of other GDD member posted that they tried it and hope to win. So I said, what the heck, let me try it too and hope for the best. So I went to the site, signed up with the sole intention of winning. Of course I didn't win, but funny how I won last year Christmas wishlist (dreams do come true people!). And of course like GDD, I decided to stick around and keep on posting like a kid of posting steroids. I even remember one mod or member commented that "Who is this darkcobra86 kid, he must really want to win this month, so many posts from him." Yea I definitely wanted to win . But also like GDD, the community was so cool and awesome that I had to stay. I still remember I signed up and Tyler was the first one to say hi to me through PM and friend me. Then the server got switch and I guess my account was gone. I had to ask him what happened because I thought I was banned or something . So after he clarified, I was able to get back on GP and I guess you can say the rest is history. I'm still really glad that I found another gaming forum like this one. Really only GP and GDD do I care to stick around for. Granted getting a chance to win games on both sites are great, but I never imagine I'll make so many friends like this.
     
    You're a very active poster on just about every site you frequent, what's your secret?
     
    I think my secret is that I type really fast and sometimes I don't think too much before I type. And after I read, for the most part I will comment on it about how I feel that moment. Sometimes it will be a very short reply and sometimes I try to formulate a better response that is more quality. It just depends on how serious the issue I am about to respond to. Plus, I feel that what is the point of joining these forum if you aren't going to post? That is the only way to really keep everyone talking and being active. We have a nice community in that people go to chat or reply to status updates. But sometimes with a busy life now (all thanks to work), I really only get like an hour online in the morning before I head to work. So I just go through the forum and post and give my opinions on what I read. Since I can't really be on the computer 24/7 to actively chat or what not. I find it the best way is to leave your comment there and come back and see what others have talked about as well.
     
    I know many people will only post if they find something important to say or wanted to make a big important thread. But I say, no post is too big or too small, we all should keep posting and enjoy each other remarks.
     
    What are your opinions on next gen? Are you excited for it? Indifferent? What's one feature you want to see or are looking forward to trying on the new systems?
     
    As many probably have already seen, I really am not ready for the next gen. I still believe that the PS3 and Xbox 360 can still go on for quite a bit. But it is what it is. And just because we get the next gen doesn't mean I can't play my older systems. I am still really excited though. I really want a PS4 and I will get it. I don't really care for the Xbox, but maybe one day I will get it down the line when I find a good deal on it and I know MS won't change policies again. The Wii U keeps on being better and better the more I think of it. But as a gamer, how can you not get excited even if it is just for a bit? Well, I know for sure the feature I am going to use is the PS+. Of course this isn't a new feature at all but it would be for me. I don't even remember all of the specifics on the next gen consoles anymore, but I say I'll learn more about it when I actually get the consoles.
     
    Is there one genre of game you'd like to get into, or get back into in this upcoming gen?
     
    I really can't say this is a genre but definitely play more Co-op. I grew up as the only one that loves playing game in my household. So I always played games by myself. When I was younger, I sometimes have friends over and we be able to play games like MK. But majority of the time I'm by myself at home playing single player. So that is why I built this new rig to play computer games with my friends. Also, GP game nights have always been fun when I have the games to play. And of course with "free" online play through PS4, I hope to be able to do more of this.
     
    Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play a game with? Which game?
     
    This is a really hard questions to be honest. I never thought of this. And even when I read the other MTP, I couldn't really think of an answer. I probably say one person is definitely my sister. Just because my sister and I are so close and that when we were younger we played SMB 3 together. Be fun to just have that again. Of course another one would have to be my best friend. He and I of course play a lot of video games together and I think we make a good team. And well, playing games will always be great with your best friend. I'm trying to think of someone dead that I would want to play games with since I already got two alive ones. But nothing yet. I wanted to be shallow and just say a really really hot super model chick or something. But I don't think that'll be too fun. Well, what the heck, my last person can be the hot chick. I just hope she doesn't go around bragging that I got owned by a girl .
     
    It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand?
     
    I think having Bruce Lee would be good. With his martial arts and my martial arts skills, I think we both stand a good chance of surviving. Of course he probably would have more kill count by the end of it then I would but who's really counting? I would say a spear. My master always said I was good with a spear when he taught it to me. And if the spear breaks you can always dual wield it or go with your fist. I think that is a good weapon. It gives you range attack too. I think I would have to be blasting "Eye of a Tiger" in the background. That definitely will Bruce and I pumped up and in our survivor mode.
     
    Anything else you'd like to add?
     
    No need for shouts out since I can't outshine TK . But really, thanks for taking your time to read this and getting to know me a bit more. I really have enjoyed meeting everyone and talking to everyone. No matter if it was a brief conversation or a long drawn out forum post or through chat. I hope that I'll be able to stay here longer and longer and that GP will continue to grow on all this success.
     

     
    What did you think of this interview? Can ANYONE outpost him?
  16. Ludono
    I'm not sure if anyone noticed but recently there was an update on the PS Blog that Deception IV: Blood Ties was coming to the US on PS Vita and PS3 in March.
     
    For those unfamiliar with the franchise, the series has been around a LONG time. The first Deception game was released in the US as Tecmo's Deception (Kokumeikan in Japanese, literally; "Cruel Life House") for the launch of the PS1 in 1996. The game was one of a kind, breaking the mold of traditional SRPGs with it's emphasis on passive, trap-laying gameplay. The game was very dark for it's genre, even carrying a disclaimer on the back of the box warning players of "satanic references" in addition to it's TEEN rating.



     



     
    The game was played entirely in first person, the first and last game in the series to do so. It also features much more traditional RPG-like system of upgrading items and stats by leveling up. It featured six alternate endings, certainly not the first game to do so, but the concept was still relatively fresh. It was also notorious for it's save games which took up more than half of the PS1's memory cards at the time.
     



     



     
    The second game in the series was titled Kagero: Deception II in the US or Kagerou: Kokumeikan Shinsho (literally; Mirage: Cruel Life House True Chapter) in Japan. It came out a mere two years after the release of the first game (1998 for both regions). This game switched the perspective to third-person, and expanded upon the trap system with a combo system that would be the base for future entries. Fans speculate that this game is intended to act as a prequel to the first game, with the main character, Millennia, being heavily implied to be the main character from the first game. Your character is stuck in a war between two sides, and you are able to dictate which side you will stand with. Tecmo completely reworked the gameplay to deepen the strategic aspects of the game adding multi-part traps that took a bit of thinking and planning to set up.
     



     



     
    Deception III: Dark Delusion was released in 2000, again for PS1. In Japan is fell under the title of Soumatou, or "Pale Demonic Light". The game featured a new, unrelated character named Reina, who is sold into slavery and must use her trapping powers to defeat her captors and discover the origin of the mysterious pennant she carries. The game added a few new modes, but other than that remained very similar to the previous game in terms of core mechanics.
     



     



     
    Moving into the PS2 generation gave us yet another entry, this time simply titled "Trapt" in the US (while still going under the Deception name in Japan; Kagero II: Dark Delusion). The game featured improved visuals, a new system of specialty traps and an exciting new story featuring Princess Allura, a young girl on the run who enters into a demonic contract to exact revenge upon her pursuers. This game came out a full 5 years after the release of the previous game.
     



     






     
    Finally we're back at where this post started, the newly announced Deception IV: Blood Ties or, as it is known in Japan, Kagero: Dark Side Princess. The game is a call back to the original Deception game, with it's gameplay heavily reminiscent of that first title. It's schedule for release for both PS3 and Vita on February 27th in Japan and March 25th in North America.
     

     
    How many of you are familiar with this franchise? Are you looking forward to the new game? For those who have never heard of it, are you interested in trying it out?
  17. Ludono
    The HTC One


     
    So I recently upgraded my phone, and after a lengthy deliberation between the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the new HTC One I ultimately went for the latter.
     
    Before I go into my impressions of the phone, I wanted to take a brief look back at all the phones I've used over the years and how they've continually evolved. A little mobile nostalgia trip if you will.
     

    My memories of my first phone are a bit hazy, being that it's been over years since I had it, so I don't remember the exact model name. It was a Motorola flip phone under Cingular. It could text, and call, and take some really tiny grainy pictures. It wasn't much, but it was my first phone.
     
    I'm not exactly sure when I got the phone but I had it for a few years before upgrading to my second phone sometime in 2005.
     
    In 2005 I upgraded to the new hotness (at the time). A phone that many of you may remember as being one of the coolest phones of the early 2000's (alongside the Sidekick). Yes, if you guess the Motorola Razr you guess correctly.
     

    Though still a flip phone it was somehow more than that, it came in multiple colours and finishes. I opted for the silver model and I absolutely loved that phone. To this day I still think it's one of the nicest looking phones ever. This phone lasted me most of my middle school days from around 2005 to 2008
     
    Around the end of middle school and early highschool I switched from my beloved Razer to something a bit more modern, meaning it had a full keypad, a touch screen and multimedia functionality and internet access. This phone was the Samsung BlackJack 2.
     

     
    The phone looked nice, giving off some serious Blackberry vibes which at the time was still a sign of prestige and the phone every businessman wanted to have. Having a full keyboard was nice after coming from the old keypad phones but the phone itself was clunky and it's Windows Mobile OS was terrible. I was not a fan of this phone at all and that may explain why I moved on from it so quickly.
     
    in 2009 I switched to an iPhone 3GS. The iPhone's were starting to sweep the market and I just had to see what the fuss was about. Coming from the BlackJack it was absolutely incredible, especially after jailbreaking it. This was my first REAL smartphone and it was awesome. The sheer idea that I could carry around what was essentially a *functioning* computer in my pocket (BlackJack doesn't count) was incredible. However, in the following few years Android-based phones started to rise offering increasingly competitive features and a much more customizable experience. They started drawing my eye....
     

     
    So when my next upgrade rolled around in 2012 I shopped around a bit instead of going for the easy choice which would've been the iPhone 4. A cool new phone caught my eye, it was the HTC One X. It was slim, flashy and boasted a huge screen and killer specs. I quickly forgot about upgrading to an iPhone 4 and went with the One X. I definitely made the right choice. As my first foray into the Android OS I was pleasantly surprised and I grew to love the phone these past 2 years. However, it was time for an upgrade and I was planning on waiting until the summer but Best Buy's recent mobile promotion made me jump ship early.
     
    The Galaxy line has been very appealing to me and I was deadset on an S4... that is, until I saw the new HTC One.
     

     
    Let's start with the specs; the HTC One features a 4.7 inch full 1080p screen encased in a solid aluminum body giving the phone a very "premium" feel over similar phones with plastic bodies. It has a quad-core 1.7GHz processor and 1.5GB of DDR2 RAM. The model I went with had 32GB of internal storage, though it is available in 64GB versions as well. It lists a 15-18 hour talk time battery life and a staggering 500 hour standby life.
     
    It's running Android's most recent OS alongsides HTC's custom blinkfeed OS which is meant to keep you in touch with the world and your social life at all times. I found this menu to be a bit cumbersome and instead prefer to use the simple app library menu. Thanks to it's extremely beefy specs the phone is blazingly fast and can multitask with ease. The screen itself is absolutely gorgous and makes watching videos much more enjoyable.
     

     
    As with the previous HTC One X, it features Beats audio built in. It doesn't blow me away but having the extra "oomph" when listening to music is a nice touch.
     
    It has two camera, one forward and one rear, almost a standard feature in phones these days. The forward camera is of course the more powerful of the two and is fairly decent. I haven't had much of a chance to experiment with it, but it does feel to be an improvement over the previous phones camera, if only a slight one.
     

     
    In terms of colours there were a wide range available, but I choose to go with blue because it's much more eye popping and a lot more interesting that simple white or black again.
     
    All in all, I'm definitely digging this phone and think it will serve me well for the next few years.
     

     
    What about you guys? What phones do you have? What were your past favourites? Any memories to share? Any questions about the HTC One?
  18. Ludono
    So for a long time people have been asking to see my set up and well, I finally decided to make a video. And yes, before you ask, I have too much stuff. (Due for some massive spring cleaning next year)
     




     
     
     

    Basically a brief overview of everything, I didn't want to go into detail since it was already so long. But if there's anything you want to see more in detail just comment or something and I may or may not get around to it.


  19. Ludono
    Meet the Podunkers is a new blog series I“ve started intended to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. I will try and have a new interview posted weekly, until I run out of willing members to feature!


     
    Today“s interviewee is a member long considered to be forever gone,
    TYLERxDURDEN!

     



     

    What's the first game you've ever played?


     
    Mario Bros for NES
     
     
    Describe your current gaming setup.
     
    I have two towers and a cabinet. The slim PS3 and the (now deceased) launch day PS3 occupy the right tower, the ps3 games, blu-rays and surround sound receiver sit in the left tower. In the cabinet I have the N64, XBOX and PS2. I play on a 46 inch LG 1080p 3D TV.
     
     
    Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today?
     
    Final Fantasy VII. I always like games because they were fun (Mario, Banjo, Turtles in Time) but FFVII made me realize the narrative potential of the medium.
     
     
    What is your all-time favourite game EVER?
     
    Tie. Final Fantasy VII and Socom II. Comparing apples and oranges really.
     
     
    How about your favourite character?
     
    Lame but Sephiroth.
     
     
    What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk?
     
    I think it was like 2008 or 2009 when I stumbled upon a giveaway for Tekken 4 and Uncharted maybe? I think they were quotation contests. But I checked out the site and ended up winning Tekken 4. I loved the community so much that I stuck around and ended up contributing a lot to the site.
     
     
    You've been gone a long time! Any plans on returning to GP?
     
    It's tough. When I stopped coming on GP, I had just started my current job. It is quite a bit more demanding than my previous jobs and piles on a lot more responsibility. That said, I am getting PS4 at midnight Nov 14 so hopefully my gaming habits flair up a bit and I can come here for my news!
     
     
    What are your opinions on next gen? Are you excited for it? Indifferent? What's one feature you want to see or are looking forward to trying on the new systems?
     
    As you know, I am a Sony fanboy. I cannot wait to see what the PS4 is capable of. The Xbox One looks pretty cool too and I am loving seeing the new fanboy wars shaping up. It's funny how the PS4 and Xbox One arguments have basically flipped from the PS3 and Xbox 360 arguments. This time the PS4 is running games a bit nicer and devs are having some growing pains learning the Xbox One. As we now know, it all evens out once the devs get the hang of it.
     
     
     
    Is there one genre of game you'd like to get into, or get back into in this upcoming gen?
     
    JRPG's. The problem is they are super time consuming and I don't have much time to give.
     
     
    Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play a game with? Which game?
     
    Haha great question!
    Nolan North - Conkers Bad Fur Day
    Harrison Ford - Call of Duty 4
    Ghandi - DOOM 3
     
     
    It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand?
     
    My brother, a kitana, One Winged Angel. BOOM!
     
     
    Anything else you'd like to add?
     
    Where is the damn FFVII remake already?!?
     

     
    What did you think of this interview? Are you glad he's back?
  20. Ludono
    Meet the Podunkers is a new blog series I“ve started intended to feature members of the community, a sort of gamer spotlight if you will. I will try and have a new interview posted weekly, until I run out of willing members to feature!



     
    Today“s interviewee is the member who you may known as "Dyeknom" ,John Kidman!


     



     
     
    What's the first game you've ever played?
     
    The conventional wisdom is that people always remember their first time, but I honestly couldn't narrow it down to a specific title. The earliest console games I remember came from a rather large box of hand-me-down Colecovision and Atari (courtesy of the adapter) games. I played a bit of Popeye, Antarctic Games and Burgertime, but there were quite literally 40+ cartridges to choose from. I also remember playing a few games as a child on both 5.25 and 3.5 diskettes, but the titles were not really my concern at the time. I mostly remember the card games and the text-heavy adventure games I'd accidentally load, most of which I'd only be able to recall based on sight. The names I do recall are educational games like Where in the U.S.A. is Carmen Sandiego. I do remember one of my first CD-ROM games being Journeyman Project.
     
     
    Describe your current gaming setup.
     
    My current gaming set-up is nothing to write home about. The main television hooks up to my surround sound unit, Wii, Wii-U and 360, while the Playstation 3 combines with the smaller Playstation 3D Display a few feet away. The Playstation 2 remains connected to a standard tube television in another room. My older generation consoles (Dreamcast, N64, SEGA, SNES and NES) are stored away, but they have definitely not been forgotten. There is no need for them to connect a car battery to an office chair in hopes of tracking me down.
     
     
    Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today?
     
    This is a tough question. The only game that has really changed my life would have to beOregon Trail as it taught me to never float the wagon. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and 2), Ducktales and Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers for the NES probably had the most impact on molding me into a lifelong gamer as they combined my favorite cartoons with competent interactive media.
     
     
    What is your all-time favourite game EVER?
     
    The Smash Bros. franchise, Legend of Zelda franchise (particularly Ocarina of Time), Final Fantasy VI (or III... depending on when and where you played it) and Chrono Triggertop my list. If I am to narrow that down any further I fear we would need to place them on an island and require a fight to the death.
     
     
    How about your favourite character?
     
    I am much more likely to attach myself to a story than I am the story's individual characters. If I had to choose a specific character to declare as my absolute favorite, the answer would probably be Link. Of course, by choosing Link I am then left with the questions of *which* Link and whether each new iteration is simply reincarnation at work. Then we end up in a much deeper metaphysical debate centering around his spiritual essence which traverses time and whether each body (or vessel) has its own individual soul.
     
     
    What's your story? How'd you end up working for Game Podunk?
     
    I honestly don't remember. My presence has been a bit more erratic recently due to computer issues, employment, etc. I've been around for a while, but I really became keen on writing with the blog system which then transformed into more frequent posts.
     
     
     
    You're one of the few Wii U owners on the site (and the world in general), what do you think of the system now that it's been out for a year? Best aspects? Worst?
     
    The Wii-U is following in the footsteps of its predecessors. The Gamecube had a superb product, but Nintendo's desire to go against the grain with media format and the poor marketing led to disappointing underperformance. The original Wii portrayed itself as revolutionary, but quickly found itself to be little more than gimmick-ii and a terrible option for those beyond Nintendo's umbrella. The Wii-U is simply the combination of problems lingering from the experiences with the Gamecube and Wii.
     
    The product itself is great and has just enough of a gimmick to be unique, without the danger of becoming a sequel to the waggle-mote. The tablet may be unique, but will likely remain a difficult sale to developers for its entire life cycle. Why? The tablet represents an increased development cost forwarded to developers for them to include a meaningful integration. Cross-platform ports were virtually impossible for major titles for the Wii due to inferior hardware and control scheme. Most gaming companies find their profits by playing the field with cross-platform ports, but for the Wii-U there is the inherent risk of sinking more money into an already expensive development process for a console unlikely to hit a necessary sales target.
     
    Personally, I would not care if every Adventure or Role-playing game used the tablet exclusively for inventory management. I find that the practical applications for that tablet screen to be the most enticing.
     
     
     
    What are you looking forward to or would like to see in the upcoming year for the Wii U?
     
    At this point, I'm not looking forward to much on the Wii-U beyond my Nintendo staples. Oh, and you can't forget about X from Monolith. Monolith certainly earned my money and blind loyalty for now after releasing one of the few saving graces for the original Wii. I'm sure there are a few others that would pique my interest, but we are talking next year. So many shiny new things coming out and the end of this year and all of next year... we all have been guilty of being blinded by the shininess at one point or another. Forest for the trees... and all that jazz.
     
     
    What are your opinions on next gen? Are you excited for it? Indifferent? What's one feature you want to see or are looking forward to trying on the new systems?
     
    I am fairly indifferent. The pre-release antics have been nothing short of entertaining, but there are a lot of things that deserve some honest attention. I have a few concerns about cloud computing/gaming, but I am most interested in seeing how the Gaikai and PS3 library relationship plays out for the Vita.
     
     
    Is there one genre of game you'd like to get into, or get back into in this upcoming gen?
     
    Action/Adventure RPGs.
     
     
    Do you plan on getting any of the upcoming systems? Why or why not? What should Nintendo do to stay in the race?
     
    I am picking up a Playstation 4 at launch. I'm still mulling over the idea of owning an Xbox One, but am still not a fan of the fact that apps remain locked behind a paywall. If we're already paying for Netflix and our internet service providers for service, why should we also be required to pay Microsoft for their "Gold" service to use it? Consumers should have had a meaningful discussion, or at least some justified outrage, over this continued policy.
     
    As for the race? Nintendo needs to just stay the course and keep its position steady in third as long as it remains break-even or slightly profitable. Manufacturers rarely follow up unprecedented success (Sony with Playstation 2, Nintendo with Wii or DS Lite) with an even larger success. A company that flounders for success reeks of desperation and does not instill confidence (Sony with constant console model changes for Playstation 3, Mirosoft with abandonment of key Xbox One features) in the potential user base. If Nintendo wishes to make a "big move" they should look at obtaining studios to develop under the Nintendo brand. Nintendo could even allow their western division to create new studios tasked with creating a new, western-based franchises. Sony has their Naughty Dog and Microsoft has solid developers like 343 Industries under the Microsoft Studiosbrand.
     
     
    Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play a game with? Which game?
    There are about 20 different scenarios running through my head for this question. Twister with celebrity crushes? Something more nefarious like Roshambo with the grandfathers (mother's side) of the obnoxious celebutants who dominate our news networks? Yes, that means Robert Houghton would earn the first spot.
     
    Sticking with video games.... I'd play Smash Brothers Brawl with a youthful Ben Franklin, Jesus and Albert Einstein... they would need to bring their own Wavebirds. I expect a lot of Pikachu from Franklin and Wario from Einstein.
     
     
    It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand?
     
    My zombie apocalypse wife, the weaponized zombie cure and The Best of Conway Twittysoundtrack. If this is to be a true final stand I would already have my weaponized zombie cure and met my zombie apocalypse wife. The music is just in case I fail... then not having to listen to Conway Twitty music is a huge benefit.
     
     
    Anything else you'd like to add?
    YOU PEOPLE AND YOUR NAME CHANGES! TOO MUCH LEADS TO AND . No really. Nothing else to add
     

     
    What did you think of this interview? Who do you think is up next?
  21. Ludono
    So Gamestops Black Friday ads got leaked and there are some pretttty good things on sale.
     
    First and foremost
     

     
    WE ARE GETTING THE ZELDA 3DS XL
     

     
    $40 for a Wii, dirt cheap for anyone who has a passing interest in playing some of its Exclusives and somehow still doesn't have one. Also, BF4 isn't even out yet and is already listed at HALF price (Also on PS3 and 360)... they're going to have a rough launch I think lol
     
    Those PS3 and 360 bundles are pretty good for any people looking to get either console, though at this point I think it won't be affecting too many people...
     

     
    Meanwhile COD Ghosts is only $10 off....
     

     
    Black Flag isn't out yet either but as we've seen with previous Black Friday's Assassin's Creed games tend to drop $40 on BF. Xillia is only $20 as well, that's quite a steal. Wish Dragons Crown was $20 as well, $30 is not my buying range for that game.
     

     
    BEYOND is only $40, which makes me think it might not have had great release week sales numbers... Last of Us is at $40 as well, which is relatively high considering it came out in the first half of the year. Would have expected $30. Definitely will be picking up All Star Battle Royale, been waiting for that game to hit $10 and there we go!
     

     
    $10 for an 8GB Vita card is not too shabby, might pick it up just to hold me over until the 32 or 64 GB ones become reasonably priced. Killzone Mercenary sitting at $20 is a great deal too, that game only just came out on Vita and is one of it's best looking games for sure. Jak and Daxter on Vita for $15 is pretty swell as well.
     

     
    Nothing too great on the Wii U front. Rayman Legends for $25 isn't too bad, though $20 would have been a better sell IMO. A very heavy focus on Skylanders for Wii/Wii U, I suppose that's their biggest seller?
     

     
    Of course there are TONS of dirt cheap games from the past gen to grab, though most are the same as the ones from their 2 for $10 promotion, so it's likely they're just clearing old stock still. B2G1 on all pre-owned "products", which includes games for sure, but with that wording, does that also include consoles/tablets/controllers? Hmmm...
     

     
    And the last page of the ad answers my question. YES, B2G1 on ANYTHING Gamestop sells. So if you and 2 friends want to all get PS3's you can buy 3 and save a nice chunk of money there. OR you could buy yourself three consoles I guess?
     
    Seems like a lot of clearancing out of older stock though....
     
    So all in all it seems like one of the best Black Friday ads Gamestop's had in a very long time. I know I'll probably be making a trip to Gamestop, though I'd suspect that Amazon and/or other retailers will match many of these deals.
     
    How about you guys? Anything you have your eye on? Anything you might get?
  22. Ludono
    My copy of Pokemon X arrived on my doorstep just a few days ago, and I've had a minimal amount of time to tuck into it. Before I make any real progress I thought it'd be fun to start up a little web-diary so to speak. This online diary will chronicle my progress from neophyte to Pokemon Master.
     
    X (and it's counter-part Y) are a brand new entry into the series, which mean a whole new region to explore, the Kalos region. Kalos coming from the Greek word for beauty, and it definitely is. Of course we have our local professor, who goes by the name Sycamore.
     
    When asked for my name, I opted to go with my first name, Julian. Which my Poke-friends promptly refused to call me and instead suggested they call me "J-Meister" instead, I declined and now bear the nickname, Ludono. This game is a bit less traditional in that I wasn't ask to help the Alzheimer-stricken professor remember the name of his own nephew. Glad we're making progress there Game Freak.
     
    After roaming a bit around Vaniville, a slightly classier starter town than usual, I decided to take the trek to the next town where I was given my choice of starter Pokemon. I've never had a solid preference on starter type, though I usually lean toward water or fire. Froakie looked goofy so I went with Fennekin because kawaii. Yeah.
     



    I made my way through the first forrest, collecting a few items, Pokemon and battle wins in the process until I arrived at Santalune city. Since I had used most of my Pokeballs already catching the dopey low level creatures in the forest I made a trip to the Pokemart, which is conviently located inside the Pokemon Center this time around. Wonderful. I also bought a hat because character customization has finally made it's way to Pokemon. Now I can fight battles in STYLE.
     

     
    I picked up the Torchic from the lady in the center and used Wonder Trade to swap a few of my recent catches. I decided on a motley lineup for my team of fighters and made my way over to the local Gym. Interestingly enough the first gym is a bug type gym, which none of the starters are super effective against, so I suppose it's more balanced now. Viola, the leader, only had a handful of low level trainers guarding the path to her and after dispatching them, I made short work of her and her two fighters. Badge in hand, I emerged victorious, eager to continue my journey.
     
     
    First impressions; the game is fantastic. I don't mind the fact that the game isn't in 3D whilst in the overworld since I'd turn it off most likely anyway. The online components are great, being able to easily trade and battle with people across the globe in an instant is what Pokemon should be like. And while the other games had online features, these feel MUCH more fleshed out. Of course, the game itself looks great as well, the transition from 2D to 3D was executed perfectly. Of course, much like the 2.5D in previous games, this 3D still moves in a very grid-like world, albeit a cleverly disguised one.
     
    My name is Julian "Ludono" from Vaniville, and I am going to be the greatest trainer Kalos has ever seen!
     
    Time: 2:15
    Badges: 1
    Pokedex: 28
    Current Party: Hisoka (Fennekin) lvl10, Bisky (Fletchling) lvl13, Torchic lvl13, Beedrill lvl10, Sentret lvl11, ピãƒãƒ¦ãƒ¼ (Pichu) lvl10
  23. Ludono
    I left off having just beaten the first gym leader in the game, Viola, who was a bit of bug/photography freak. I hurried along route 4, stopping only to smell the flowers and pick up the stray items in the hedge mazes, okay, I might have taken out a few trainers on rollerskates as well. But they were asking for it!
     
    Upon entering Lumiose City I was immediately impressed. Now THIS was a real city. The ever-changing camera angles were a bit off putting at first though. As instructed by Selina and Dexio both of whom I had just recently met, I made my first stop in Professor Sycamores lab. He's definitely a lot more serious about his research that the other regions professors, HIS lab's got THREE floors. Suck it Oak.
     

     
    Sycamore decides to challenge me to a battle. ME. What a silly professor. My Fennekin took out his Bulbasaur in one hit, my Pichu did the same with his Squirtle and finally my Helioptile downed his Charmander with a couple of mud slaps. No casualties on my side. Realizing he had been sorely defeated Sycamore offered me a choice of his three pokemon in tribute. I chose Charmander of course, because CHARIZARD X.
     

    Charizard X is badass, he's finally Fire/Dragon type!
    On my way out of the lab I bumped into Lysandre, a quaint fellow who reminded me a bit of Rider from Fate / Zero. I wonder what kind of person he'll turn out to be....
     
    Lysandre
     
     
    Rider
     
     
     
    I stopped by the Pokemon PR Video center to shoot a quick PR video for myself, not quite sure what the point of all that was but hey, whatever.
     
    I went to the Cafe my friends told me to meet them at and what do I find? Lysandre creepin' on some girl. Keeps mentioning eternal youth... What a weirdo. Totally not the villain of the game.
     
    I decide to take a rest before continuing my journey onwards.
     
     
    Time: 4:59
    Badges: 1
    Pokedex: 38
    Current Party: Hisoka (Fennekin) lvl15, Bisky (Fletchling) lvl15, Torchic lvl16, Helioptile lvl16,Haku (Charmander) lvl10, ピãƒãƒ¦ãƒ¼ (Pichu) lvl13
  24. Ludono
    After a one month hiatus, Meet the Podunker's is back and ready to keep interviewing even more Podunkers in the next couple months! We still have plenty of members yet to feature so stay tuned!


     

     
    It's been a while but we're back with a VERY lengthy entry by none other than TKtheknight!


     




     
    What's the first game you've ever played?
     
    Oh man that brings back toddler memories. I lived out of the country at the time living in apartment I think in a military base around 2-3 years old. Anyways I remember my parents bought the NES and the games with them were Super Mario and Duck Hunt (Maybe it was a Christmas gift or just bought it in general). I even got the gun controller too. They were a lot of fun especially taking turns with the family and even with my neighbors. Duck Hunt was pretty easy and fun. Although the dog seemed kind of mean.
    I remember when I suck at the game, I would get butthurt by the dog laughing/mocking me. Me being a clumsy little kid, I would ask my parents why the dog would be mean to me. I can't remember what they said, but it was probably a funny answer telling me not to believe in fictional characters or something. Oh I think the game also had a mode where you shoot flying discs too. It was so cool jumping up and down as I would hit the targets and stuff (felt like I can be a pro hunter or those pro shooters). Also in the Duck Hunt game there was a moment where I felt sad the ducks died from my shooting. Even though it was just a game, I wanted to apologize to them and their families.
    Mario was a lot of fun and it was my favorite game back then. It was so fun playing and taking turns to beat the levels. NES Mario was the game to play and was very popular so it was my favorite series at the time. My parents and I would take turns completing levels and stuff. It was such a fantastic time to be playing with friends as well. I really miss those days of being a little kid playing retro games. The place I lived in was a nice apartment, but sadly a volcano erupted and probably destroyed it after we moved or we had to evacuate. I can't remember well, but good times in the neighborhood.
     
    Describe your current gaming setup.
     
    My room back home is so cramped with so much stuff with posters, anime, DVD's, comics, etc. that It's too hot to be in the room due to electronics. Anyways when you walk into my room, you will see a small black TV stand with a Sony 42 inch HDTV and sometimes If the living room isn't being used, I like to play it on the 55 inch HDTV (usually when parents are at work). Under it is my directv receiver, xbox 360, and then PS3 hooked up to the TV. The Wii used to be in the living room, but it was so lonely not being used anymore I decided to move it to my room. Also recently hooked up my Gamecube. Also have a PSP and GBA on my shelf as well. I have PSone and PS2, but it's in my bro's room. Next to the TV, I have shelf of PS3 games and on another shelf I have 360 games. As for PC gaming, I don't have a good PC gaming desktop, but my laptop is able to manage some of the older games before 2013. I play the PS3 a lot more though so that seems to be my main gaming console. My room is very messy and what you'd expect to see in a cramped nerdy room.
     
    I have another room which is the dorm room I'm living in on campus University this year. It's pretty plain with just a very large desk with my 24 inch TV and PS3 hooked up and of course with my laptop with steam games. With being busy at school I take less things from home with me to keep it simple. PS3 is my main system to play with. I haven't touched the 360 since June/July lol. Sadly haven't played much lately due to busy with homework and stuff, but I'm open to play with anyone who invites me which would probably be my only time playing at the moment.
     
    Name the one game that changed your life, that is, what's the one game that made you into the gamer you are today?
     
    It would be easily obvious Super Mario, but I think I'll say something different. I would have to say Final Fantasy VII because it is what made me love the JRPG genre and Final Fantasy series. When I was a kid I stumbled upon a Eidos PC version of Final Fantasy VII at Costco for around less than 10 bucks. At the time I knew what Final Fantasy was, but really never played it. I asked my dad to buy it for me and he told me what what a role playing game was. It sounded quite difficult and seems fun. He even asked are you sure you're going to like this game? Play this type of game? Yes, I want to try it! It was also the last PC copy so I was super excited.
    So after the trip to Costco, I went home popped in the installation disc to one of those really old fat desktop computers in the 90s. I got really excited and was so joyful to play it. After installing it the game begins. I was literally screaming like a fangirl as this was the first JRPG and/or Final Fantasy game I've ever played. Those opening scenes and stuff were cool! So what is your name hero? Um Tristan! Yes Tristan! Aw yeah I'm gonna be a hero! I can't wait to save the world! The story really got to me as I got hooked on it and would spend a lot of time playing it. I've never had so much fun playing an JRPG game and at the time I felt like I was reading an interactive storybook. My mom was getting mad at me for not spending time outside too. I started to care about the characters and what's going on so I was failing school at the time and cared less about it. Spent too much time talking about the game to everyone at school and actually got so mad at Sephiroth for killing Aeris. I felt like I lost a really good friend.
    I spent a day at school feeling gloomy and kept thinking if there was a way to save her (I got mad at Cloud for just standing there not pushing her out of the way or just didn't care. I'm like yo man wtf!). The journey in the game was so good that I spent a lot of hours and it made me happy to not give up and eventually beat it. It took forever to level up and find materias. It was fun doing sidequests, Gold Saucer, fighting Ruby/Ultima/Emerald Weapon (Tough challenges). At one point I could not get past a part because it kept freezing (somehow disc was scratched up. Got really bummed for days not playing the game) so I had to cheat by downloading a save to get past that part. I really enjoyed the game after beating and felt proud of myself. When I discovered PC mods for the game, I got so excited because I wanted to bring back Aeris. Eventually beat the game again with her in my party and I was very satisfied with it to have her revenge against Sephiroth. I think at the same time that year FFVIII was released so I asked to get it for my Birthday and also happened to get my first PSOne aside from N64. Also the following year FFIX was the only game I wanted for Christmas and got that too (actually we were poor at the time so wanted only one or a few gifts. IX was the highest on my wishlist). Final Fantasy series got me to love JRPG games and even led me to play many different ones and love the genre even more. I'm not super hardcore like the others here, but I am a good fan. I just need to play a lot more series besides Tales and Final Fantasy. Also Ni no Kuni is beginning to be on my favorite list as well. That was the most recent and last JRPG I played and man that game is really amazing that it made it to my top list of favorite games.
    I feel that this is one of many things that made me a gamer today and there's just too many stories I can come up with. Playing games and being part of the experience is what made me be a gamer today. It isn't just gameplay and stuff, but how the story gets you driven. I just love playing an interactive adventure in most games. I'm not afraid to admit there are games that made me cry. I don't care what you guys say, but if a game makes me sad, then that game really is good.
     
    What is your all-time favourite game EVER?
     
    Like other Podunkers, this is hard to answer because there is just so many fantastic games that are memorable and favorited. Althought I can say my favorite game this year so far is Ni no Kuni. I remember spending a week and a few days playing it so much and forgot about the real world (Time sure went by fast and felt like throwing up after I finish. Gaming exhaustion man). It's a wonderful game to play and I really recommend it. Studio Ghibli and Level 5 teaming up makes it a lot better. I hope to see more collaborations with Studio Ghibli and other developers. Imagine Square Enix and Studio Ghibli working on a Final Fantasy game with the animation done by Ghibli. Maybe Kingdom Hearts? Ah we can all dream.
    Anyways moving on for favorite game I would have to say any from the Final Fantasy series, but most likely Final Fantasy VII. Also loved Kingdom Hearts series and Metal Gear Solid series. They are just so good that I buy their games without hesitating and side note very happy to have steelbook case of FFXII too! To add to the list, I even liked FFXIII and FFXIII-2 and actually bought the limited collector's edition of both guides and used it. Despite not getting love and a lot of hate for those games, I can't abandon my favorite series wether the game is good or bad. Squaresoft days were great and Enix has had up and downs, but still support them. On another note the only games I've beaten on PSP are Final Fantasy Crisis Core and Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep so I am a really huge fan of Square and would play their games a lot. Pretty much my favorite series of games is the Final Fantasy universe. As for MGS, I just love to play stealth games and Kojima is a genius for creating the series. I had so much fun with it that I spent lots of time just fooling around with guards at times and listening to codec stories. Also really love the wacky weird stuff the game puts you through and gets you be like WTF?! So many great moments and a wonderful series to play. The story of it overall is what drives me in. Snake's legacy is just so good. I look forward to MGSV, FFXV, Kingdom Hearts 3, and Lightning Returns!
     
    How about your favorite character?
     
    That's tough. Most of them are Final Fantasy characters including Cloud and Lightning. They're definitely one of my favorites. Vivi from FFIX is also awesome and one of my favorites. His story is pretty intersting as well. I grew up being a Cloud Strife fan in the beginning because of FFVII being my first FF game. I just have too many mostly from Final Fantasy/Kingdom Hearts and of course Snake from MGS. All these characters are fascinating and each of their personality is unique. It's not easy picking a favorite character. They all have an impact in their respectable game's story and how you can view them. Also I can add myself because as a character when you are the hero and you take control just like when I first played FFVII I put myself in Cloud's viewpoint or even custom character in games you created. I really can't decide in the end, but my favorite character has to be the one that you looked up to and inspires you besides just being in a game.
     
    Another to add to favorites is I really like Oliver and Drippy this year. Fantastic duo and both have great hearts. Oliver's character is really good and fun. I felt like being him sharing the emotion or characteristic potion/bottles to everyone (if you've played the game you know what I mean). His developmet from scared to courage and the journey he went through is amazing. On the other hand Drippy is hilarious and smart. I love that guy and it would be so cool to have a plushie of him. Both characters are likeable and like I said play Ni no Kuni because you won't regret it. Friendship keeps a team strong!
     
    What's your story? How'd you end up on Game Podunk?
     
    I first heard of Game Podunk from my best friend who goes by solid-alchemist who some of you might know since he was in the old GP (He would talk about the Darkstar days). I was never really in the gaming forums and never really entered a lot of contests so I was still new to the forum world. Solid would tell me things about GP, CAG, and even GDD. He would tell me about the winnings he's earned and the deals he spotted. I eventually joined GDD as the first forum and then I grew to be active in that and fell in love with the community. Of course that's where I met most of you guys including Ludo, Cait, Cobra, Kezins, bink, etc. Many months later, I keep hearing about GP stuff from Solid and it sounded pretty cool. I actually took a peek at it once and then couldn't bring to leave GDD because I like to stick with one forum. Anyways one day I saw Tyler promoting a contest from GP on GDD and decided hey I should discover more forums and get out more which I did, but was a lurker at the time.
    So I followed and signed up. I wasn't really active in the old GP, but I have seen Marcus, Jared, Marshall, and others including Nash and barrel with their usernames and met some of the other staff members. I remember first joining, I head straight to chat to check things out and ask for help. Dunno why, but Loose Cannon as a nickname was given to me pretty quick (Still have no idea how that name was decided at the time). The only discussion I remember from the old chat was about Marcus's drawings lol. It was very strange and funny (never got to see them though, but hilarious conversations). Oh by the way the contest that was promoted was I think the Prize Vault or Caption contest. I actually ended up winning the caption contest for the Arkham City game for 360 wich I end up giving to a friend as a Birthday gift because I already bought Arkham City for PS3 and wasn't sure if I'd win. Meanwhile after that I became active a little bit, but occassionally just stop by to say hello in GP Chat and stayed with GDD because I didn't see myself leaving that place. It was hard leaving one place to another like if you live in a home for so many years, it's hard to move into someplace new with new environment and surroundings.
     
    Well a year later I heard GP changed and decided to come back and once again recruited by Tyler again (I sure miss that guy, he needs to visit here again). That same year I finally signed up to CAG after lurking forever. Most of the members I saw here were from GDD and was happy to be part of the community. I became a lot active and visit the GP Chat quite a bit. I used to stay up til like 2-3am talking to Marshall and Jared and listening to GP stories from the past (Lol Marshall you and your Jason is a warrior leader story). Good times before you went onto JAAP. Everything about GP is what a gaming forum should be. It's a great place to hang out, very nice, the design, sets, etc and actually feels like a big family to me. I just love everything about the place so I have been active a lot more ever since I return for my second visit and kept this place as the main forum to hang out. I am very thankful to meet all of you and I mean it. You guys are something and a special group of people that I've ever met. Glad to be part of your lives and hope I can make a difference for you all and Game Podunk. :-)
     
    Care to explain your username?
     
    Well TK is my initials and nickname obviously. The story how I got it is actually through Digimon (When I watched it eating breakfast with the family and the series premiere on FOX Kids, my dad randomly said hey he has the same initials as you! TK! It wasn't really official yet though since everyone called me by my first name, or some random nicknames like Triscuit (Teacher), Little Boy Blue (Dad), etc. Anyways funny thing one random day my friend Austin back in middle school was one of the funniest dudes around and decided hey you need a nickname. My nickname was announced publicly from a him to students during recess in middle school and then everyone started calling me that.
    My username is my gamertag for everything. So this is how I became a knight. When I first signed up for xbox live, I didn't know what name to use so I though of just using TK. It wouldn't work because it was too short and wanted 6 or more characters so I figured out trying many things that goes with TK like TKtheking, TKthekiller, TKthekid, TKthekoolaid, TKthekrunch, TKthekicker, even outside of TK like TKthelad, and Cloud (I really wanted that name so bad lol). Anything that made sense with my name. I though long and hard to figure out what sounds best and decided TKtheknight because for some reason it fits better than the others. I almost wanted to go with TKtheking, but just didn't fit at all and I honestly I'm not fit to be a king. I felt that being a knight is pretty fun and they seem so awesome especially in games, animes, fairy tales, etc. Being a knight sure is something. I tend to be loyal and listened to everyone just like what a knight does. I'll be the best knight there ever was and do my best to protect the kingdom of Podunk. Well that sounds lame, but really I'm glad I chosen TKtheknight and it's awesome.
    Lol I just realized after typing that my actual first name is based off a knight in the King Arthur legends. So cool!
     
    What are your opinions on next gen? Are you excited for it? Indifferent? What's one feature you want to see or are looking forward to trying on the new systems?
     
    I'm excited for it, but honestly I am in no rush to move into the new generation. I feel that the 360, Wii, PS3, etc has a lot of gas left in their tank and still provide good games through time so I'll be waiting a few more years before I jump into one by winning one or a getting it as a gift. If I had to buy one it would be the PS4 since the only console I ever bought this gen is the PS3.
    There is a bunch of great features that are implemented to these consoles to make it a lot fun. One feature that I look forward to trying is the streaming feature which they partner up with Twitch. I've always wanted to stream some of my games on the PS3/360/Wii,etc ,but buying those gaming capture devices are pricey. I have streamed some steam games before although sometimes the quality or the program I use doesn't work well. This is a great way to share your playing experience and have fun with others to watch you. This also makes it fun to have a Let's Play event show too!
     
    Also really love how the companies are providing help to the indie developers. It's not easy making it to the big leagues and it's a nice way to help out the small ones making their dreams go bigger.
     
    This new generation of gaming is going by pretty fast and can be pretty scary at times. It seems were getting close to virtual reality, but that would take time. Digital age is what could possibly come into. There are so many games going digitally that the physical copies might slowly disappear. I mean I miss the manual booklet in games, the nice case box with none of that slim recycle thing, etc. Eventually were going to rely on digital stuff. I just hope the physical version will stick around a lot longer or even forever.
     
    I could go on about how I feel, but I don't want to make this interview long and boring. I'm having fun doing this so hope you guys don't mind all this typing I'm sharing.
     
    Is there one genre of game you'd like to get into, or get back into in this upcoming gen?
     
    Visual novels or RTS. I like to watch a lot of anime and read manga so I figured hey why not give this genre a try. I never played or looked much into visual novel type games, but it seems interesting after reading reviews and tweets from Leah, Marcus, Ludo, and others. I'd like to jump to see what this is all about. Seems there are a lot of crazy stories in them. I did test out Katawa Shoujo once, but that was it. Other than that, I also would like to get into the strategy type games. My bro plays a lot of them on his PC so I'd be watching or asking stuff about the games and genre he plays. It looks pretty cool and fun with a lot of thinking. I've been wanting to get into the some series like Warhammer, Command and Conquer, Civilization, Sims, etc. I think the last time I played an RTS was Warcraft which actually got a demo cd from a cereal box and tried it out. It was pretty fun and I liked it. Definitely should give the genre more chance for me to play.
     
    Aside from those genres I'd like to get back into is more JRPGs. I've only played FFXIII, FFXIII-2, Tales of Vesperia, and Ni no Kuni in the past few years. With so many coming out on handhelds and consoles, I'd love to play more and get into the discussion with you guys. It sucks to just say oh hey I played it and it was awesome. The more I read about the discussions, the more I get excited I want to try them out. I'm pretty average gamer at this genre at the moment lol. Hoping to get back on the wagon eventually. I'd like to follow in barrel's footsteps since he's a huge fan and great at discussing the genre.
     
    You're probably the most jovial person on GP, have you ever gotten angry at anyone online? Why or why not?
     
    Indeed I am most jovial. Pretty much I will have a happy cheerful attitude to everyone. Am I too nice guys? As for being angry, not really. I don't see myself really getting angry at anyone online other than my close friends (I get picked on a lot, but it's for fun). Well maybe I'll be angry at the bad type of gamers like hackers, abusers, etc, but I don't want to argue with them. Best to ignore. I don't get angry too serious unless some things gets too far. I do get angry playing games though. RAGE QUIT! AAARRRGGGHHH!!! I can't see myself angry at anyone on GP as well. I mean you guys will pick on me at times, but I know it's not serious and it's for fun and funny times (Although I grew up getting bullied by some people so my feelings can be sensitive at times). Don't make me cry or feel sad!
    Everyone is just nice and the community is peaceful. Only times I get really angry is if someone is talking bad about someone I know or a good friend so I can defend him/her and of course outside of online stuff. I don't like to start arguments with anyone and I know I'm not good at it. My social skills in that area is pretty weak and being angry just makes things worse. I do would like to fix what makes you angry at me though. Dunno who would be angry at me, but if you are um I apologize and I'd like to fix the problem to make things better.
     
    Anyways you don't want to make me angry. It's pretty scary if you see my angry form. I can be really serious and evil if I wanted to. One time I almost punched someone and threw him in the locker because he was talking bad about someone. Good thing I didn't and the teacher was around the corner. He walked by and I smiled saying heyo teach! Yep that's it.
     
    Which 3 people, dead or alive, would you want to play a game with? Which game?
     
    Seems most of the past interviews would include famous developers or something lol. Guess I'll do different. Easily my first pick is my best friend John with this one. Who wouldn't have their best friend playing. As for the other two it could be anyone awesome! So for the 2nd person it would be a celebrity so I would pick Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. I grew up idolizing him as kid and love his charismatic and cheerful attitude. He's a great entertainer all around and really inspired me have fun and be enthusiastic. As a kid I wanted to grow up to be just like him (actually wanted to be a WWE Superstar or NFL Football player growing up lol) and I just love who he is in many ways (John Cena/CM Punk/Daniel Bryan's beard would be alternate choices if I didn't pick The Rock. Maybe). As for the 3rd person It would be anyone welcome to join me. I've had so much fun playing with most of you guys on gaming nights and co-op sessions. I usually play by myself or with my bro at times besides close friends. Being with people you care about is a lot more fun because you know they will provide great help and fun. I appreciate hanging out with most of you guys. Again thanks a lot and everyone is welcomed to play with me. :-)
    Anyways if we were all to play a game together it has to be obviously something co-op fun. It's kind of tough to pick because there's so many fantastic co-op games. I think we each pick a game we play. The Rock - WWE 2k14 (obvious cuz he's on the cover and he's wrestler too), John-Borderlands/Left 4 Dead/Anything to keep us together as a team, and I would love to play some Halo because back in the days after high school, Friday nights we would eat pizza and play Halo when hanging out with buddies. For you guys just pick whatever you want and I'm in as long as I have the game too (this is why gaming nights are a lot of fun). Better to play with someone you know than complete strangers. Woo!
    It's the zombie apocalypse, which person, weapon and music would you have during your final stand?
    Anyone can be my partner to so it's pretty much open to anyone who like to join me. I'm gonna go with Kiky to be my partner for this one. We'd be a hilarious team together. Our weapons would be created in many unique different ways like in Dead Rising 2/OTR. If I had to create one it would be a chainsaw combined with a gun and it would be called the Gunsaw (kind of like a gunblade, but with a chainsaw). As for Kiky's weapon, I have no idea, but I'll make one. It would be a katana infused with lightning so it would electrocute anything it touches and insta kill (Lol Kiky if you don't like it, share your idea. I just thought about Lightning to be part of a weapon). Of course gotta have handguns as a side weapon too.
    As for the music, well my favorite band is Linkin Park. It was tough picking the song because I ended up listening to every single to figure out what fits. I think I'll go with Burn it Down. I imagine awesomeness while were killing zombies and giving everything we got. If I decide not to go with mainstream music I will pick DOA by Aimee Blackschleger (It's a song from Attack on Titan). She does a lot of music works for other animes and games too! As the song(s) plays on our final stand we go out guns blazing kicking butt and piercing the heavens with all of our might Dead Rising style. Were all over the place with hilarious stuff and were wearing fabulous crazy outfits. We save the world and found the cure. Credits roll. Secret ending. . . .camera zooms out and it's just Me and Kiky playing Dead Rising: Off the Record using our weird imaginations and be like wtf was that? The End
     
    Anything else you'd like to add?
     
    Bonus rap and a special thanks to most of the active members on GP
     
    ** Note from Ludono: Due to the length of this section I put it in a spoiler so as to reduce the load and length of this post.**
     
    Rap
     
     
    Special Thanks
     
     

     
    What did you think of this interview? tl;dr or did you make it through the whole thing? Do we need to impose a word limit for future MTPs*?
     
     
    *I'm just kidding TK, we love the enthusiasm!
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